I'm likely going to buy a Heritage 150 ... if they ever come back in stock. (This is actually my second telescope, I've been using an old Celestron C4.5 with garbage eyepieces. It's a fine scope, but I want something more portable. I still consider myself a beginner.) For context, I live in light polluted skies (planets are good targets, but not much else), but a couple times per year I'll go camping or visit family where the skies are much, much better.
While I wait for manufacturing to catch up with demand, I'm planning out eyepieces. That's a major limiting factor with my current setup, so I have an idea for what I want. More eye relief (than my 4 mm plossl, for example), cleaner views of planets, and maybe one day I'll have success with deep sky objects. The end goal is to own the following: 5 mm, 8 mm, 15 mm, and 25 mm. This gives magnifications of 30x, 50x, 95x, and 150x. With a 2x Barlow that can also do 1.5x, I would also get 225x (for the rare really good skies), 190x, 75x, and 60x (not including duplicates and near duplicates). I may one day add a 32 mm, we'll see.
For the eyepieces, I'm looking hard at the Paradigm (or similar rebrands). They seem to have a good combination of price and performance, and OK eye relief.
But ... I don't think I can afford all this right now. That's like $650 total (including telescope). So I have to prioritize.
So here's my question: what is my priority for buying the eyepieces?
The Heritage 150 comes with 10 mm and 25 mm eyepieces (MA, I think), so of course I can just start with those. I figure I should buy the Barlow first to make the most of what I have. But after that?
- Do I replace the 25 mm first, as a direct upgrade to the stock eyepiece?
- Do I buy the 8 mm first, mostly as an upgrade to the stock 10 mm?
- Do I buy the 5 mm first, to extend capabilities for planetary viewing?
- Do I buy the 15 mm first, as a solid versatile eyepiece (only using the 10 and 25 for the extremes)?
Which of these would you buy first? Second? Or am I just overthinking things as usual?
(An alternative scheme I thought of would be 8 mm, 12 mm, and 32 mm with a 2.5x Barlow, which works out to 205x, 140x, 95x, 65x, 50x, and 25x, without duplicates. This is also much cheaper overall, with a clearer purchase path -- 12+Barlow first, 8+32 later -- but it seems rather unorthodox. Opinions on this are welcome as well.)